There is something moving in the dark this weekend, striking fear into the very souls of islanders, a movement of people only wanting more and more. No I don’t mean Manx Gas meter readers, though this group are equally terrifying, it’s trick or treaters.
Fortunately this pesky group can be avoided by turning off the lights, locking the door and hunkering down until the November dawn breaks. But what to do until then? You can’t just sit in the dark all weekend.
Fortunately Gef has thought of this and devised a list of movies to pass the hours with suggestions for everyone from a family movie marathon and classics to those wanting some cheesy stereotypes and slashers.
If you want a night in with pizza and popcorn, all the fam gathered on the couch, you can’t go wrong with any number of brilliant films. If you want a bit of a classic, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 76 minute whirlwind of madness and musicals in equal measure. You may also want to consider Casper, any of the Adam’s Family films or the Hotel Transylvania series.
However if you want something new, I’d recommend Muppets Haunted Mansion. I have a soft spot for Kermit and his pals and after some rather questionable films, they are back on form in this one. It doesn’t hit the peak of Muppets Christmas Carol but it is still good nonetheless.
Music and Comedy
Rocky Horror Picture Show really is the definitive word when it comes to musical horror comedy. It is hard not to be drawn into singing along with Time Warp, after all it only takes a jump to the left and a step to the right. Of a similar ilk is the Little Shop of Horrors or Beetlejuice. Of course if you want something more downright grisly, you can sink your teeth into one of Mrs Lovett’s pies and watch Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street in which Alan Rickman is in brilliant form alongside Johnny Depp and Helen Bonham Carter.
If dark comedy is more to your liking then give Get Out a try.
If you want to jump out your Mystic Chess shirt (available here) while a group of people making questionable decisions get picked off by a monster, start with the original Halloween. The 1978 film, which launched the career of Jamie Lee Curtis, was made with a budget of just $300,000 yet John Carpenter managed to create one of the most famous characters and musical scores in history. Having gone on to spawn 11 other films, the franchise is questionable, but the original is slasher horror at its best.
But maybe you want to see teenagers get killed off in a different manner, in which case may we suggest the Texas Chainsaw Massacre or A Nightmare on Elm Street or Child’s Play.
If you’re slightly disturbed and want to watch what is essentially torture porn then Saw and Hostell should be your go to for your night in alone, because let’s face it if you’re watching Hostel in 2021, you’re doing it alone.
Want to watch the sort of film that makes you feel scratchy and uncomfortable? Starting with The Silence of the Lambs, Anthony Hopkins went on to win the best actor Oscar because of this, despite only being on screen for about 15 minutes. In truth the movie is carried by Jodie Foster and Ted Levine’s Buffalo Bill, who might scare you the very most, ‘it puts the lotion on its skin’…
Other classics include The Shining (though this is good all year round), The Cabin in the Woods, and the reboot of It!
What Was That?
If you fancy being freaked out by every noise or shadow in your house, give Paranormal Activity a watch or some proper classics like The Exorcist, the Blair Witch Project or The Omen.
Want to look back on some epic classic horror movies? I’d say go with Psycho, one of Hitchcock’s classics, if you can find it, try Nosferatu, the Dracula rip off dates from 1922 and is silent but it is one of the most influential early horror films. Speaking of Dracula, the count has been portrayed hundreds of times on screen, but Christopher Lee’s 1958 portrayal is truly one of the best but you can head back to the black and white era to see Bela Leguisi’s iconic portrayal in the 1931 classic.